IELTS Writing Practice 61

 
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The Writing Task 2 of the IELTS Academic/General test requires you to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. You will be presented with a topic and will be tested on your ability to respond by giving and justifying an opinion, discussing the topic, summarizing details, outlining problems, identifying possible solutions and supporting what you write with reasons, arguments and relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

  • - Write in a formal style
  • - Write at least 250 words

Write about the following topic:

The internet is a good source of information and opened up opportunities for people all over the world.  Is all information reliable online?What could be done to control information online?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

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Question

The internet is a good source of information and opened up opportunities for people all over the world.  Is all information reliable online?What could be done to control information online?

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Model Essay
The internet is a good source of information and opened up opportunities for people all over the world.  Is all information reliable online?What could be done to control information online?

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Through the advent and spread of the Internet, not only has knowledge become freely available to a global audience, but doors have been opened too.  Despite the fact that some debate still exists regarding the quality of online information, in my opinion, most facts and figures on the Internet are reliable since society is doing a great job of regulating its content.

For the most part, much information available online is dependable.  Search engines such as Google tend to turn up only the most trusted sources, so users access the best sources online.  This in itself may engender the impression that online content is trustworthy.  For example, 98% of the population of France use the Internet to check fact and figures every week.  However, some content exists that isn’t dependable, and occasionally the average surfer will stumble across it.  Examples include online forum posts, blog entries and minor websites, though after 25 years of searching online, most would find it easy to tell the validity of such knowledge.

While some say that we should regulate content shared online, I believe that there is no need as society is doing job by itself.  Firstly, since the beginning of the Internet, people have learned to identify untrustworthy news sources, and many websites have increased the quality of the facts they offer.  Case in point is Wikipedia, which through self-policing, has developed a reputation as such a trusted news source that Google often ranks it first on its search results.  Even more importantly, has been the development of a social media rating system for the web wherein websites with lots of comments, likes or shares from sites like Facebook tend to be trusted by society more than those without.  

In conclusion, as the Internet has evolved, so has the reputability of its content as well as the mechanisms to regulate it, thus removing any need to control its content through other means.

Revision Exercise
Each sentence in the report below contains one or two errors. Errors may be grammar or punctuation based. A list of the common errors used with answer is given at the end.

Some say that we should regulation content shared online, I believe that there is no need as society is doing job itself.  Firstly, since the beginning of Internet, peoples have learned to identify untrustworthy news source, and many websites has increased the quality of the facts they offering.  Case in point is Wikipedia, which through self-policing, has development reputation as such a trusted news source that Google often ranks it first on its search results. There have been the developing a social media rating system for the web wherein websites with lots comments, likes or shares from sites like Facebook tend to be trusted by society more than those without.  

In conclusion as the Internet has evolving, so has the reputability of its content as well as mechanisms regulate it, thus removing any need to control its content through other mean.

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Step 1: Planning
The internet is a good source of information and opened up opportunities for people all over the world.  Is all information reliable online?What could be done to control information online?

Type: Two-part Question

  1. What is the topic of the question?
  2. How many questions are there?
  3. How many sides do you need to consider?  

The question topic discusses the Internet as a source of information and opportunity.

There are two questions, one paragraph for information reliability and one regarding what can be done to regular online information.

Plan:

  1. Analyse the question.
  2. Brainstorm a number of main points that you wish to talk about
  3. Choose which points you wish to use and think of two supporting details for each
  4. Decide on the order of your main points before writing.

Thesis

Some debate exists, reliable information online, self-regulation

Reliability

Much information is dependable

  • Search engines trust only reliable sources
  • Example – 98% France fact check every week

Some content is untrustworthy

  • Online forum posts, blogs, though experience helps

Control

Society is good at self-regulating

People can identify untrustworthy news sources

  • Example – Wikipedia, trusted by Google

Social media ranking system

  • Comments, likes, used to judge the reputability of a webpage
Step 2: Write the essay

Through the advent and spread of the Internet, not only has knowledge become freely available to a global audience, but doors have been opened too.  Despite the fact that some debate still exists regarding the quality of online information, in my opinion, most facts and figures on the Internet are reliable since society is doing a great job of regulating its content.

For the most part, much information available online is dependable.  Search engines such as Google tend to turn up only the most trusted sources, so users access the best sources online.  This in itself may engender the impression that online content is trustworthy.  For example, 98% of the population of France use the Internet to check fact and figures every week.  However, some content exists that isn’t dependable, and occasionally the average surfer will stumble across it.  Examples include online forum posts, blog entries and minor websites, though after 25 years of searching online, most would find it easy to tell the validity of such knowledge.

While some say that we should regulate content shared online, I believe that there is no need as society is doing job by itself.  Firstly, since the beginning of the Internet, people have learned to identify untrustworthy news sources, and many websites have increased the quality of the facts they offer.  Case in point is Wikipedia, which through self-policing, has developed a reputation as such a trusted news source that Google often ranks it first on its search results.  Even more importantly, has been the development of a social media rating system for the web wherein websites with lots of comments, likes or shares from sites like Facebook tend to be trusted by society more than those without.  

In conclusion, as the Internet has evolved, so has the reputability of its content as well as the mechanisms to regulate it, thus removing any need to control its content through other means.

 
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